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Two New Jersey Juveniles Arrested Following Attempted Robberies

Incident Number: 50-22-37915/ 50-22-37916

Date/Time:  Thursday, December 8, 2022, at 1:45 p.m.

Location: Gateway West Shopping Center,1030 Forrest Ave, Dover, DE
Del-One Bank, 270 Beiser Blvd, Dover, DE

Contact:   Dover Police Department Public Information Officer
Master Corporal Ryan Schmid   Email: Ryan.Schmid@cj.state.de.us

Narrative: The Dover Police Department has arrested a 15-year-old black male from Penns Grove, NJ and a 16-year-old black male from Salem, NJ following two attempted robbery complaints Thursday afternoon. The investigation began at approximately 1:45 p.m., when Dover Police were called by a victim in the Gateway West parking lot. The victim stated that as he exited his vehicle in the parking lot of the shopping center, a black male suspect wearing all black, later determined to be the 15-year-old male, wrapped his arms around him and demanded the victim turn over his keys. The victim was able to get out of the suspects grip and call 911. The suspect fled in a red passenger car with New Jersey registration.

At 1:56 p.m. on the same date Dover Police received a call for another attempted robbery. The victim in this case called Dover Police and advised she parked her vehicle at Del-One, 270 Beiser Blvd, Dover, DE and as she exited she was approached by the 15-year-old male who demanded she give him her keys. The victim got back into her vehicle and closed the door and the suspect fled in a red passenger car with New Jersey registration.

Responding officers located the 15-year-old male and 16-year-old male running from the area upon their arrival. Both juveniles were taken into custody without incident. Officers searched the surrounding area and located a red 2012 Hyundai Azera with New Jersey registration that was reported stolen out of Carneys Point Township New Jersey. Through the ensuing investigation, Detectives were able to positively identify the 15-year-old male as the suspect in both attempted robberies. 

Both Juveniles were transported to Dover Police where they were arraigned.

The 15-year-old male was committed to Stevenson House on $16,100 cash bail on the following charges:
-Attempted Robbery Second Degree (2x)
-Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500
-Conspiracy Second Degree
-Offensive Touching

The 16-year-old male was released on an unsecured bond on the following charges:
-Receiving Stolen Property Over $1,500
-Conspiracy Second Degree